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|Draft:||First Round, 14th overall|
|Drafted By:||Golden State|
Troy Murphy (born May 2, 1980 in Sparta, New Jersey) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on November 2, 2012.
As a two-time All-State performer at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey, Murphy elected to play his college ball at Notre Dame. There he played three seasons and led the Irish in scoring and rebounding all three years.
The 1999 Big East Rookie-of-the-Year and a two-time All-American, he had scoring averages of 19.2, 22.7 and 21.8 points per game. Murphy left Notre Dame fifth all-time in scoring, second in blocked shots, second in free throws attempted and free throws made and sixth in rebounding.
A first round draft choice by the Golden State Warriors (14th overall) in the 2001 NBA draft, Murphy appeared in all 82 games his rookie season. The next season proved to be a breakout year when he averaged 11.7 points and 10.2 rebounds. He also started for the sophomores team, at power forward, in the NBA's Rookie Challenge during All-Star weekend.
A series of injuries limited the 6'11 forward in 2003-2004 to only 28 games. But the next year saw Murphy record a career-best 15.4 points per game over 70 contests. He remained a constant for the Warriors until January 17, 2007 when, after 26 games, Golden State traded him to Indiana.
Murphy finished the year strong and had three more good years for the Pacers before being traded in the summer of 2010 to New Jersey as part of a four-team, five-player deal. He saw action in 18 games for the Nets, averaging 3.6 ppg, when on February 23, 2011 he was traded back to his original team (Golden State) along with a second round draft pick for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright.
After negotiating a contract buy-out with the Warriors, Murphy signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics on March 2, 2011. He played in 17 games, averaging 2.6 points and seeing the first playoff action of his career.
He left Boston at the end of the season and caught on with the Los Angeles Lakers in December of 2011 where he stayed for the remainder of the season.
The Mavericks signed Murphy on November 2, 2012 after releasing forward Eddy Curry. In almost a month with Dallas, he appeared in 14 games averaging 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game. He was waived on November 29, 2012 when the Mavs signed veteran guard Derek Fisher.